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terd view of the day's events. c-span created by america's cable companies in 1979 brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> i actually studied history in college. i went to college and no intention of bage film maker. i actually wanted to be a teacher and i got rejected from teacher america and was sitting around with my college friends and trying to decide what to do and we had this plan to drive across the country for three months interviewing kids from all walks of life trying to figure out what our generation is all about. >> it is really an ex >> what did you learn? >> i learned a lot. i learned that no matter where you are from, no matter what your background is, that, you know, everyone has a burning desire to be better, to do better, to improve their surroundings. i sort of walked away from that trip -- we sort of went into that trip with people and other generations calling us apathetic, spoon-fed and directionless, and i went away feeling inspired that our generation, you know, does want to fix this country, does want to fix this world. i don't
got rejected from teach america and sort of was sitting around with my college friends trying to decide what to do and we hatched up this plan to drive across the country interviewing kids from all walks of life. we got sponsorship money, got an rv and ended up driving around the country. and that was my first film. i learned a ton about film making and life and fell in love with the process. we had a blog, shot a film, tried to write a book. nothing came out of the book. but from that film it led me to a job at hbo. and sort of started me down this crazy path of making documentary films. >> one quick question about teach for america. how big an ego distorter is that when they don't pick you? how many young people try to become at teach for america? >> i couldn't believe it. i'm trying to help people and be a teacher and i didn't know you could get rejected. it hurt my ego but i think i wouldn't be sitting here if that hadn't happened. and i ended up interviewing wendy cop, the founder of teach for america. >> go back to the whole process of going across the country. where did
of teacher america for my first film. it came closer call. >> going across the country -- were to go? how much did it cost you? >> i did it in the fall of 2005. it was very cheap. we were scrapping together money from family and friends. because sponsorship money from nantucket nectars. it was really bootstraps. ross, a guerrilla filmmaking. i have never held in camera before. it was learning as we went. it was an exhilarating experience. what an honor to go up to anyone across the country and get their story and speak to them about truth and deaths of their lives. it was a meaningful experience. we had a wide range of characters. half of the interviews were planned. mark zuckerberg, a drug dealer, and homeless kid. >> what did you learn? >> i learned a lot. i learned that no matter where you are from, no matter what your background is, that, you know, everyone has a burning desire to be better, to do better, to improve their surroundings. i sort of walked away from that trip -- we sort of went into that trip with people and other generations calling us apathetic, spoon-fed and directionl
time. >> i think i said of the 19th century in america. >> i will read it -- >> why? what did he do? >> well, we know there was no war with britain and france, but we forget how close it came. to avoid those wars and guide us through the civil war, diplomatically, it's a tremendous accomplishment. seward bought alaska. the other work he did toward the other acquisitions, he is generally thought to be our second greatest secretary of state after only his friend and mentor, john quincy adams. i think that is right. it is hard to name another secretary of state who accomplishes more. >> how many times did he have his hands on the purchase or the acquiring of another country for the united states? >> it is hard to even count them. in terms of one that got very close, he signed a treaty with denmark. we ultimately acquire 30 years later. for a higher price. he was within a few votes in the senate of acquiring the virgin islands. he signed a treaty with colombia to acquire the right to build the panama canal. that treaty was pending in the senate when word arrived that columbia's senate h
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